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The 25th Annual Noosa Festival of Surfing will see the welcome return of the Magoo Memorial Men’s 70 and Over division.

One of the original Bondi surfers whose fire brigade shiftwork enabled him to spend a lifetime on the beach, Barry ‘Magoo’ McGuigan settled in retirement on the NSW Central Coast, and was a regular competitor and continual inspiration, not only at the Noosa Festival of Surfing, but at longboard events up and down the coast.

Filled with the aloha spirit, always smiling and always surfing, despite his ongoing battle with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in his latter years, ‘Magoo’ competed right up until his 84th and penultimate year.

Magoo’s passing late last year rattled the surfing community around the country, but initiated the decision to create the inaugural Magoo Memorial in March, presided over by his wife, Debbie, who donated a week’s stay at the Magoo Surf Lodge on Arrawarra Headland to the lucky winner of the event, Wayne Yates.

One of the fastest-growing divisions of the festival, the Magoo Memorial embodies the camaraderie and stoke for which Magoo – the world’s oldest competitive surfer – will always be remembered.

The Noosa Festival of Surfing is proud and honoured to host the Magoo Memorial Men’s 70 and Over division for its second year and we invite those gentlemen of applicable age to enter online now – or perhaps get the grandkids to give you a hand!


Amateur divisions, including all age divisions, are filling rapidly with a 40 per cent increase on last year’s numbers. Almost a quarter of these are from international competitors, with nations represented including the USA, Hawai’i, the United Kingdom and New Zealand, as well as five Australian states.

With such a wonderful yet unprecedented increase in applications, we urge interested surfers to enter online as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

2016 – the 25th Anniversary of the Noosa Festival of Surfing – is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before. Bring on 8 Days of Pure Stoke!